February 6, 2014

Title: Simple Perfection
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Perfection #2
Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster)
Published: September 23, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

3 stars I have been a big huge fan of Abbi Glines since I read her Existence Trilogy way back when. Oh Dank, I love you still.  So I had huge hopes for a New Adult series…but this just didn’t wow me as much. As I said in my review of book 1: I loved Woods, but Della not so much.

What I loved about this book: Woods. He is super swoony, hot, smart, rich, confident, and a dirty talker. Yes ladies, he is delicious.

What I really liked in this book: Della became so strong, and it seemed like she was going to be ok. I liked her personality and compatibility with Woods so much, they really did seem to care for each other on such a deep level. The way they both grew to have faith that they were worthy of the other one was definitely sweet.

BUT…While Della seemed so much stronger, I did worry though, because it didn’t seem like she was seeing a professional, and her situation needed a professional, not just love from Woods. Also, after some soul searching she seemed pretty much cured in only a few weeks(!!!) so I’m also concerned it wasn’t real.

What I struggled with: when Della overheard a few sentences of a conversation between Woods and his friend and immediately jumped to conclusions and LEFT TOWN. Who does that? And then Woods didn’t even go after her? I just couldn’t follow the logic of either one of them. And Braden was a sometimes best friend.intense: when they were together, but then sometimes totally out of the picture. I scratched my head several times during that section.

And lastly, there were still too many plot inconsistencies and random extra “twists” thrown in. I don’t know if we needed to meet Nile and his whole family (it was too much too soon), or the Jace situation (seemed like an extreme random extra upheaveal), or what happened to Angelina and Woods’ mother 9I can’t imagine either of those women were really walking away quietly). Maybe we’ll see them again in the next book?

Would I rec this? Well, it was just ok for me, and I probably won’t continue on with the series… but so many people love this series big time. If you love New Adult Contemporary Romances, and some of your other friends have loved this series I’d still say to give it a go…seems like I’m a bit of an oddball for not loving it myself.

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